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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018
Chronic pain patients caught in the complexities and controversies as opioid epidemic draws tighter scrutiny of prescription policies.
MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018
After serving 18 years behind bars in Uzbekistan, enduring beatings, starvation, solitary confinement and almost no contact with the outside world, Muhammad Bekjanov is free to tell his story.
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018
During a hot summer evening, women at Spokane’s Hope House shelter shared their thoughts, impressions and life experiences. The shelter is part of Spokane’s 24/7 network for homeless people, built on the idea that everyone, regardless of age or gender, should have a safe place to be inside at all times.
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018
Spokane County has hired a new criminal justice administrator to oversee reforms aimed at reducing the county’s jail population and racial disparities. Data from the reform effort so far makes clear that the new administrator, Spokane native Maggie Yates, is stepping into a challenging role.
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018
Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018
Opioid prescription rates and diagnoses of opioid addiction are declining nationally and in Washington, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield released Thursday.
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018
Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl said Monday he’s opposed to an ordinance that would allow the city to post some internal affairs and officer-involved shooting investigations online, citing concern about victim privacy and public perception of the department based on unfounded cases.
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018
Washington fares better than most U.S. states in taking care of its kids, especially when it comes to health, according to a new report by Kids Count.
THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018
The city of Spokane has installed flashing lights at crosswalks near a cluster of downtown social service providers in an effort to reduce collisions and injuries to pedestrians.
Spokane has a higher rate of depression than both Washington and the U.S., according to a study published this month from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018
Spectators stood solemnly, removed hats and applauded as the first of many military and veteran groups kicked off the 2018 America the Beautiful parade.
Every Fourth of July, firefighters around the country remind Americans not to injure or kill themselves by patriotically blowing things up. Last year, about 262 Washingtonians did not heed the message.
TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2018
Sen. Maria Cantwell called on the U.S. Justice Department to resume defending portions of the Affordable Care Act in court, at a Tuesday event at Deaconess Hospital.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018
Tyler Hilinski was far from alone. As researchers have moved beyond the NFL to look at the brains of high school and college athletes, they’re increasingly finding signs of traumatic brain injuries in young football players.
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
Premera Blue Cross is donating $180,000 to two Spokane nonprofits to provide housing and support for homeless families.
Spokane does not appear to be housing any migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in spite of reports to the contrary.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018
Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what years of research has shown: HIV-positive people in treatment who have an undetectable amount of the virus in their blood have “virtually no risk” of transmitting the virus sexually to another person.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018
The Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute, a fusion of summer camp and in-depth health education for Native American high school students, is underway this week.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
As President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday reversing his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, local faith leaders said the policy of holding children, some of whom are seeking asylum, is morally wrong.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho dedicated its new $5 million health center Friday afternoon in Spokane, with staff saying the modernized clinic will allow them to care for more patients and expand sex education and advocacy efforts.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018
Heavy winds Wednesday toppled more than a few signs as vendors set up for the Kendall Yards farmers market, but two giant Connect Four boards stood tall. The games signaled the beginning of the third summer of Spokane Sidewalk Games, which has put giant versions of checkers, chess, chutes and ladders and more in public spaces.
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
Washington is drastically underfunding basic public health services that hampers monitoring and preventing the spread of infectious disease, according to state Health Secretary John Wiesman.
Based on research by WSU and UI, amount of magma under the Yellowstone caldera may be as much as double as what scientists previously thought.
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
Spokane has a new milestone to brag about: Medical students are fighting to come here.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018
The supply of workers has dwindled in recent years as more people are reluctant to go out into the fields “out of fear they’ll be forced to leave.”